Category Archives: forensic science reform

Forensics: Why Florida has the most people serving life without parole

Why Florida leads the nation in people serving life without chance of parole. — Read on http://www.themarshallproject.org/2021/11/11/two-strikes-and-you-re-in-prison-forever

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Forensics: Go Alicia! Reforming Forensics: Why Academics Are Challenging the Science Behind U.S. Criminal Justice | Discover Magazine

Academics are fighting to reform criminal justice techniques — many of which are based on thin and outdated science — that have incriminated hundreds of innocent people in the U.S. — Read on http://www.discovermagazine.com/technology/reforming-forensics-why-academics-are-challenging-the-science-behind-criminal-justice

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Forensics: I believed in Shaken Baby Syndrome until science showed I was wrong | Waney Squier | TED talk

This makes my battles regarding bitemarks a mere blip. My objections to using skin injury patterns as pattern evidence started in 1995. — Read on progressvideo.tv/videos/i-believed-in-shaken-baby-syndrome-until-science-showed-i-was-wrong-waney-squier-tedxwandsworth

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Forensics: Not good. Accuracy and reproducibility of conclusions by forensic bloodstain pattern analysts – ScienceDirect

Accuracy and reproducibility of conclusions by forensic bloodstain pattern analysts – ScienceDirect — Read on http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0379073821001766

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Shifting forensic focus from means to purpose: A path forward for the discipline?

A good discussion regarding forensics vs science concepts and practices. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1355030621001076

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Forensics: Bitemarks. Michigan governor Witmer and Innocence community shares how faulty forensic science leads to wrongful convictions

A task force created this year by Governor Gretchen Whitmer continues to meet each month to come up with recommendations and best practices for how forensic science work is used, conducted and assessed in the criminal justice system. — Read … Continue reading

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Forensics: Unknown DOJ Prosecutor writes policy statement ignoring scientific commissions’ years of critical review.

Another hit piece by government lawyers claiming scientific scrutiny of police science is unscientific. Weird. Democracy Forward and the Union of Concerned Scientists say the Trump-era statement is biased, inaccurate, and runs afoul of federal law. — Read on theintercept.com/2021/08/08/forensic-science-reform-justice-department/

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Forensics: Junk science gets support from DOJ Statement Pushing Dubious Forensic Science Is Challenged by Advocates

Democracy Forward and the Union of Concerned Scientists say the Trump-era statement is biased, inaccurate, and runs afoul of federal law. — Read on theintercept.com/2021/08/08/forensic-science-reform-justice-department/

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Forensic examination: Unhappy bitemarkers in OZ. The case for a criminal review commission in Australia

Uneasy about improper use of their discipline, forensics experts call for an appeals body to protect against miscarriages of justice — Read on http://www.theguardian.com/law/2021/jul/18/forensic-examination-the-case-for-a-criminal-review-commission-in-australia

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Forensics: Racist? Repatriating enslaved human remains. MOVE Bombing Remains Scandal Shows Enduring Racism in Anthropology

The remains of two victims of the MOVE bombing were improperly kept for decades — part of a long history of racism and colonialism in the field of anthropology. — Read on http://www.teenvogue.com/story/move-bombing-remains-anthropology/amp

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